According to a 14th century romantic tale, two lovers Robert Machim and Anna d’Arfet fled England during the reign of King Edward II of England because their love was forbidden as they came from very different social standings. During their journey, their ship was hit by a storm and the legend says that the two crashed along the coast of an island which some say was Madeira, Portugal. The first recorded settlers found two crosses one with the name Machim so they decided to name that population Machico. Legend or not, Machico is to the day the oldest town in Madeira.
Naming legends aside, the truth seems to be that ...continue reading